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Koh Samui will receive its first delivery of the Covid-19 vaccine by the end of the month, with inoculations beginning early next month, with the first among people in the disease control and tourism sectors.
On Thursday, Surat Thani Governor Wichawut Jinto said the tourist resort island would receive 2,500 initial doses of the vaccine that would be given to 1,250 people.
The vaccine is scheduled to arrive this month and vaccinations would begin next month.
Half would be reserved for health and medical personnel, health screening workers, and officials of the local government.
He said that 22% of the allocated doses would be received to people in the tourism industry - including airport workers, people providing shuttle services, and hotel quarantine facilities.
He said that 26% would be reserved for village-based health volunteers and the general public, and 2% would be reserved for Covid-19 provincial inspectors.
Mr. Wichawut also said that the authorities of Koh Samui had proposed that visitors be allowed to quarantine their yachts, villa hotels, and wellness centers. There was a demand in these areas from potential visitors.
Supakan Yodshun, chief of Thailand's Koh Samui Tourism Authority, said local tourism businesses on Koh Samui and nearby Koh Phangan and Koh Tao offered discounts for accommodation, restaurants, spas, tourist boats, and airfares between this month and April.
She also said Indian families were interested in visiting Koh Samui for weddings and spa services on chartered flights.